When we started writing I actually blocked out a lot of how I felt about struggles as a band and losing two members and friends. It started to be a problem when I had this intense bout with writer's block. All my lyrics were garbage. There were crumpled pieces of lined paper all over my room. It was frustrating. I let myself go a little bit in the interludes and in a few lines of a couple different songs and just told myself, "It's OK to [be] honest. Ö Just don't be mean about it."
In February I started recording, without a record deal or any sort of plan in place, completely on my own resources. I recruited friend and Fountains of Wayne drummer Brian Young to lay down some drum tracks and before I knew it we had the record tracked. Then came the question of how we would finance it; pay the people involved, get it mixed and mastered and out.
Abandon Kansas have premiered a new track entitled ďYou+Me+The RadioĒ along with announcing their new self-funded 3-song EP, A Midwest Summer, produced by Dustin Burnett. It can be streamed at Purevolume where you can watch a candid interview with the band. The EP will hit all digital retailers on June 11th. The release will act as a pre-cursor to the bandís full-length concept album, due out later in 2013.
Michael Buble tops the charts this week after selling 195,000 copies of his new album. Fantasia came in at number two, selling 91k. And Justin Timberlake has now sold about 1,673,000 copies of his new album as he hits number three. More notable sales can be found below. Album sales in this past chart week "totaled 5.15 million units, down 5% compared with the sum last week and down 5% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012. Year to date album sales stand at 95.64 million, down 5% compared to the same total at this point last year."
Light Years will be releasing its debut full-length record, I Won't Hold This Against You, via Paper + Plastick Records. Today we can exclusively bring you guys the details of the release. It'll come out on June 18 and feature 12 songs - two of which appeared on the band's Parking Lots EP, which also has an acoustic track and is now available for $1. Head to the replies for the album art and a stream of a brand-new song, "Nice To Know You." The record can be preordered on vinyl and digital formats now as well.
He went on to describe his muse in piecing together a break-up record: "In writing material for 'Damage,' I wanted an initial jumping-off, so I started writing, searching about love songs. And the kind of love songs that Iím attracted to, that interest me or I find interesting to explore, are the windows of adversity, heartbreak, or break-upÖ They always speak to me more."
Iím mad that a person thought it was okay to pull another personís pants down during their performance in front of about 700 other people. Iím mad that a person thought it was a good idea to perform a sex act on another person without their consent. Iím mad that nobody made her leave. Iím mad that Danny had to actually wonder what he was supposed to do at that point. Iím mad that when I went home and said I had no respect for that girl, I was attacked for being a ďslut-shamerĒ (after literally leading a girl to his hotel room at 3AM at her request) and, even more outrageously, for...
I Fight Dragons have raised $50,000 in 36 hours to fund their new album/vinyl release via Kickstarter. As a result, they have added additional "stretch goals" - whenever the campaign reaches a new milestone, backers will receive additional rewards for their original contributions. For example, the $20/double gatefold w/ companion graphic novel has become a triple gatefold w/ companion graphic novel, fold-out poster, fluorescent blue vinyl, a 7" picture disc shaped like an 8-bit fireball, and an exclusive flexi-disc with a thank you and secret music.
We keep getting reports of people ordering "Keep It Going" and "It's Not The End Of The World" on vinyl from Hang Tight Records and never getting them. We have tried to contact them and rectify the situation but it appears they are no longer answering messages from us. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT ORDER OUR RECORDS FROM THEM. Again we apologize to anyone who may have lost money, from this.
There are the has-beens. The never-was. And then there are the "how the hell did we all miss this?" That is what I describe En Serenade. The North Carolina pop-punk act was a diamond in the rough of the genre. Comprised of members of bands like Farewell and The Athenian Mercury, this was a band that had a great lineage already. When breakdowns and chugs were just as commonplace as an excessive of abuse of pitch correction among these bands, En Serenade was the odd man out. Although some of the band's discography included the sound of the times, the band was at its best playing homage to the Drive-Thru days.
Driven by the confident and powerful vocals along with a knack for weaving...
Today we are giving you the first taste of the new Alabaster EP, The Villain In Me, out May 7th. Head to their AP.net Profile or the replies to hear "Pendulum." Recently, the band has opened for Yellowcard and done 6 showcases at SXSW this year. Fans of bands like Paramore and We Are The In Crowd with a bit more of a rock edge should dig this.
American Opera has announced new tour dates, including a stint on the Warped Acoustic Stage. You can see them in the replies. In addition, he is releasing studio updates and you can view the first one in the replies.